By OSV readers - OSV Newsweekly, 11/20/2011
Steve Jobs and Pixar’s pro-life sensibility
John Norton’s column on the passing of Steve Jobs no doubt touched a chord with several readers (“Steve Jobs: World’s most famous pro-life story?” Oct. 23). Interestingly, Jobs’ film company, Pixar, offered a few movies with a subtle, pro-life sensibility. “Finding Nemo” follows the nervous, agitated and obsessive clownfish, Marlin, as he tries to raise, shelter and eventually go on a perilous search for his only child. The story’s eponymous character even suffers from a “birth defect”! How many fathers of the human kind would also have cherished such a child with various other “defects”?
“Monsters, Inc.” also speaks the language of fatherhood, but in another voice. Pro-lifers will recognize Mike Wazowski’s poignant warning, “You’re not supposed to name it. Once you name it, you start getting attached to it.” The “it” of course, refers to a human child, for whom the central character risks a great deal to protect and shelter. Of course, the most frightening incident in the movie contains that of a “scream extractor,” which provides an eerie image very reminiscent of some abortion procedures.
Children’s movies all end happily. But as G.K. Chesterton once noticed, fairy tales remind us not that dragons exist, but that they can be killed; not that evil exists, but that evil can be defeated.
— Philip and Claire Wong, via email
Steve Jobs lucked out
Steve Jobs’ birth mom was a coed college student who was forced by her family to get rid of her baby. In the pre-Roe v. Wade days this meant adoption; today it means the final solution. How many Steve Jobs-like babies never had a chance or choice to invent the iPhone? About 40 million “choice babies” who had no choice.
— Ed Smetana, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Don’t blame laity
Re: “Catholic lethargy in public square” (Essay, Oct. 30).
Russell Shaw’s focus seems misplaced — the lack of effort on the part of lay Catholics. It seems to me that the main problem is lack of focus and lack of teaching on the part of the clergy. It has been my experience that many (most?) clergy do not read these documents, so how can one expect the rank-and-file layperson to do so? The Church needs to do more than put out documents — there needs to be actual follow-up.
— Tom Bobrowski, via email
There is much to commend OSV’s editorial (“Populism and politics,” Oct. 30). However, the attempt to equate the tea party movement with the lawless, incoherent mob that has been labeled “Occupy Wall Street” amounts to convenient and sloppy intellectualism. The differences are wide and deep and readily available to any objective investigator.
To be sure, your call for personal responsibility is laudable, precise and correct. But when charity is replaced by “rights,” then gratitude is replaced by “claims” and “claims” breed greed and resentment. Witness our European brethren.
Unfortunately we are a fallen crowd, and sainthood is no more available on Wall Street than in Washington, D.C. — or on Main Street, for that matter. What we might hope for is a little more intellectual care in the evaluation of facts, data and opinion.
— Richard E. Whicker, Toms River, N.J.
I think the writer of the Oct. 30 editorial owes an apology, or at least a correction, for equating the numerous vile and destructive acts (many caught on news media cameras) of the progressive Occupy Wall Street demonstrators to a single act of a tea party member allegedly spitting and making a racist remark. Incidentally, there is a sizeable reward for anyone who can prove the latter actually happened.
Tea party demonstrators generally cleaned up after their short demonstrations, whereas it will cost taxpayers millions to clean up and repair damage done by Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.
I am a 90-year-old faithful Catholic and have been a OSV subscriber for many years. I urge you to please try to keep the political moralizing honest and balanced, particularly in light of the upcoming elections.
— Alvin L. Kirtz, San Clemente, Calif.
Peaceful vs. destructive
My husband and I subscribe to several of your periodicals and are seriously considering cancelling all our subscriptions after reading the Oct. 30 editorial. As individuals who identify with the tea party, we were upset to see the article referencing the tea party spitting on lawmakers and chanting racist slogans. We expect better reporting from a Catholic periodical. This line regurgitates the mainstream liberal media bias. With research, the author would find that in the case you referenced, there is no proof these events happened.
If these events would happen at any tea party event, they would not represent the ideology of the tea party and would be the work of an isolated individual or group and not the tea party as a whole. Since I doubt any of you have ever been to a tea party event, I’ll tell you they are peaceful and orderly, unlike the Occupy Wall Street protests. To draw any comparison between the two or to present the “fringe elements” as equally influential to the movements in a shallow attempt to appear neutral is dishonest journalism at best and scandalous at worst.
— John and Lynn Barnett, Pearland, Texas
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